2021 Baseball Mega Thread

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Re: 2021 Baseball Mega Thread

Unread post by BUTCH1991 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:00 pm

Butt whooping has commenced. We have a ways to go to compete with top level teams



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Unread post by WataugaMan » Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:08 pm

Although the bullpen appears to have some improvement, the jury is still out.



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Unread post by hapapp » Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:29 pm

Gave up 28 runs in 3 games. Reality check. ECU is probably one of the best we will play this season.



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Unread post by Stonewall » Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:16 pm

They might be. I hope they are. They made us look pretty bad. A thought I’ll get hammered for...we dropped a decently competitive soccer program but kept baseball that has struggled mightily....



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Unread post by WataugaMan » Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:35 pm

Reality check, we are at best an average Sun Belt team. We'll find out more after we play UNCW, although they're a decent team we shouldn't be manhandled like we were against ECU. The upcoming series should provide a more accurate picture of where we stand.



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Unread post by AppinVA » Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:08 pm

Stonewall wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:16 pm
They might be. I hope they are. They made us look pretty bad. A thought I’ll get hammered for...we dropped a decently competitive soccer program but kept baseball that has struggled mightily....
The Sun Belt doesn’t value men’s soccer. Baseball is the pride and joy of the Sun Belt. I’m not sure, but I think it might even be a required sport. If it’s not a written rule, it’s strongly implied.


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Unread post by Stonewall » Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:17 pm

AppinVA wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:08 pm
Stonewall wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:16 pm
They might be. I hope they are. They made us look pretty bad. A thought I’ll get hammered for...we dropped a decently competitive soccer program but kept baseball that has struggled mightily....
The Sun Belt doesn’t value men’s soccer. Baseball is the pride and joy of the Sun Belt. I’m not sure, but I think it might even be a required sport. If it’s not a written rule, it’s strongly implied.
I think you are correct , all three counts. Just thinking out loud.



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Unread post by pop5app » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:03 am

Stonewall wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:16 pm
They might be. I hope they are. They made us look pretty bad. A thought I’ll get hammered for...we dropped a decently competitive soccer program but kept baseball that has struggled mightily....
Not going to hammer but I am older and grew up when baseball was king. I like it and want to keep it(even knowing all the problems associated with having a winning/championship program in Boone...... that said , whether I like it or not soccer is the future and we should not have been so short sighted as to shut down a growing program to save what appears to be a modest amount of money.



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Unread post by goapps93 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:23 pm

pop5app wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:03 am
Stonewall wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:16 pm
They might be. I hope they are. They made us look pretty bad. A thought I’ll get hammered for...we dropped a decently competitive soccer program but kept baseball that has struggled mightily....
Not going to hammer but I am older and grew up when baseball was king. I like it and want to keep it(even knowing all the problems associated with having a winning/championship program in Boone...... that said , whether I like it or not soccer is the future and we should not have been so short sighted as to shut down a growing program to save what appears to be a modest amount of money.
I agree about soccer. But if there had been no pandemic I don't think we lose soccer. And even with the pandemic if the Sun Belt truly sponsored soccer then I think we would not have cut it. I also think ECU is going to go pretty far in baseball this year. They have had a very solid program for several years now.


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Unread post by Stonewall » Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:43 pm

Fair comments . Question: What are realistic expectations for our program , year in year out ?



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Unread post by WataugaMan » Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:56 pm

Currently not impressed, at best marginal. Hopefully, I will be proven wrong and get to eat some crow. However, I'm just not seeing it. Although the team has improved somewhat over the past few seasons, we still have a long way to go. In the mean time, the same scenario keeps playing out over and over. Hopefully I'll be proven wrong, starting this day forward. :)



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Unread post by WataugaMan » Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:30 pm

Then again, maybe not.



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Unread post by dlh71 » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:23 pm

Can not fault the effort, but the last 2 weekends shows we are playing from behind in pitching and offense.



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Unread post by WataugaMan » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:55 pm

Sounds like something we've witnessed time and time again.



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Unread post by T-Dog » Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:01 am

This team has serious hitting issues and the Sunday starting pitcher didn't even get an out. There were also a couple of comedic defensive mistakes at bad times. The best offensive weapon is drawing a walk.

They're gonna have to find some major improvement if they want to compete in the Sun Belt this season.



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Unread post by Chaz » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:00 am

At what point do we start determining whether Coach Smith is incapable of improving the program? Five seasons in, I'd like to actually have some hope, but it isn't there.



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Unread post by Stonewall » Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:33 am

Not good.It's time to see tangible improvement.I don't know where we find a better coach , or a coach who can bring in better talent.



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Unread post by stafford » Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:13 pm

Winningest coach in program history at Belmont Abbey and Lander. So, either he's a DII guy or Boone isn't the greatest place for DI baseball in a warm weather conference. What I know of Smith is very good.

App has a nice facility but, you know, it's kind of cold up there. Given the choice, kids prefer a warmer environment for baseball. There are much better climate destinations for baseball in the Sun Belt.



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Unread post by hapapp » Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:51 pm

I do understand the weather/climate issue for App baseball. But, its not as if we have never had any success. Even back in the 70's we had some great baseball teams with future MLB players on the diamond for the Apps, thinking Mike Ramsey and Ron Hodges.



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Unread post by WataugaMan » Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:55 pm

stafford wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:13 pm
Winningest coach in program history at Belmont Abbey and Lander. So, either he's a DII guy or Boone isn't the greatest place for DI baseball in a warm weather conference. What I know of Smith is very good.

App has a nice facility but, you know, it's kind of cold up there. Given the choice, kids prefer a warmer environment for baseball. There are much better climate destinations for baseball in the Sun Belt.
If that's the case, then why even field a team? Personally, I'm not buying the cold weather excuse. Anyway, there are four straight home games ahead, one against NC A&T and a series against Arky State (who is currently 3-8). Should do better in the next 4 than what we've witnessed in the last 6.



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